Kuala Lumpur - Japan showed all-round strength by sweeping aside Singapore 5-0 in their group match in the Sudirman Cup here today.
Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa made it 1-0 for Japan in the men’s doubles by beating Chrisnanta Danny Bawa and Terry Zhao 21-7, 21-18.
World No.24 Gu Juan of Singapore was beaten by No.10 Minatsu Mitani at 21-10, 21-19 in women’s singles while in men’s singles, Derek Wong mounted some resistance against his opponent Takuma Ueda but Ueda prevailed 21-18, 13-21, 21-15.
In women’s doubles event, Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi increased the overall lead to 4-0 by overcoming Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari 21-9, 21-15.
Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Miyuki Maeda ensured the 5-0 result, winning a close match against Chrisnanta Danny Bawa and Vanessa Neo 16-21, 21-12, 21-19 in the mixed doubles.
Japan will play against Denmark on Tuesday while Singapore have lost the chance to reach the top eight as they had been defeated by Denmark on Sunday.Published 20 May 2013, 20:38 IST